This faceted rock crystal bead necklace with matching earrings and sterling findings comes in its original box. Made in the 1950s, this set is reminiscent of similar pieces made in the Art Deco era. The original screw-backs on the earrings were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. The trademark Elcomay refer to Miglo Jewelry Co.
Five large sterling silver flowers are linked by small flowers in this 1940s bracelet with matching earrings from Coro's high-end line. This set, which was designed in 1942 by MassaRaimond, is the same design as one of my Corocraft brooches -- scroll down to see it.
I couldn't decide if this 1940s Retro Modern rose-gold-washed sterling silver brooch with large faceted sapphire glass stones and diamanté accents by Reinad should be worn horizontally or vertically until I saw Anne Baxter wearing a set like this in the 1946 movie Angel on my Shoulder. Her brooch was perfectly placed in the vertical position on her dress at the base of its V-neckline. She even wore the matching earrings. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp, and the earrings are screw-backs. I've included a photo of the brooch in the horizontal position, so you can decide if you prefer it that way. You can see a similar piece that was shown in the 1945 catalog of Bennett Brothers (a jewelry wholesaler). The page was entitled "New Pink Gold Finish on Sterling Silver — Styled by Master Craftsmen" (who were not named). The brooch shown in the last photo was $28.50 retail, and the earrings were $13.50, or $42.00 for the set. (While I don't have income statistics for the mid-1940s, to put these prices in perspective, the U.S. government reported that by 1950, the average American household's weekly income was about $81.)
Layers of emerald, sapphire and golden topaz rhinestones are combined with black metal flower petals in this 1950s brooch and earrings set by Hattie Carnegie. Some of the stones appear teal in color, depending on the light. This set is a fine example of her imaginative color combinations, favored floral motifs and complexity of design. What a knock-out! The settings are japanned metal. The brooch has a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings have clip-backs. The last photo shows how fantastic this brooch looks on a dress sash. Although the brooch has a ring to allow the piece to be worn as a pendant, the ring is not sturdy and cannot be replaced without damaging the back of the brooch.
The brooch in this amazing 1940s set by Hobé features flowers in shades of citrine glass atop sterling silver stems, surrounded by leaves and buds, all wrapped in ribbon and tied with a bow. The earring centers of citrine glass are surrounded by furled petals. The brooch has a rollover safety clasp; the earrings are screw-backs. Pieces by this maker were all hand-made and very three-dimensional. This set is extraordinary! Scroll down to see my Citrine & Sterling Flower Link Retro Modern Bracelet by the same maker.